Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Adam Smith certainly knew he was in a game at The Den

In his post-match interview Adam Smith was quick to point out that the players knew it would be a hard graft at The Den. Trying to play your football is not easy when you are just trying to stay on your feet. Smith was well up for the game though and knew what to expect.
Adam might put a clause in his next contract not to play at the New Den. 
Mr Versatile, Adam shows that he can play in midfield as well as in the back four.
"I just needed to make sure I didn't get booked early doors and just keep my head a little bit," said Adam. "I was getting a lot of abuse and players were targeting me a little bit but you just have to deal with it and I did....They just don't like me. And don't no why, but I'll take it as a compliment really."

Adam came into the starting 11 wide on the left wing which is not his ideal position but he did fairly well to help give Marc Pugh a rest. Pugh had taken a knock in the Fulham game so it was no surprise that he did not start this one, but Ryan Fraser must be thinking he has fallen down the order a bit with Adam Smith preferred to come into this game. I suppose Eddie Howe was confident that Smith would be able to deal with the hostile game okay and Fraser may not have taken to being up ended frequently quite as well. If you also have a Millwall progromme on you, you will see that in the player profiles Ryan Fraser has aged a bit as he is described as Polish, 34 and a goalkeeper! Watch out Artur, someone is after your place!

At least Adam Smith's profile in the Millwall programme was a little more accurate. Kris Temple at BBC Radio Solent pointed out that this was only Adam Smith's fourth start since returning to AFCB and it does seem strange that Adam has not managed to force more starts yet, but such is the standard of the squad now.

Rotherham could provide another chance to see Adam in action.
Perhaps we will see Adam able to start at right back against Rotherham Utd if Simon Francis can have a Saturday off. I know Eddie never likes to make too many changes but the Rotherham match offers opportunities to play some players who are not getting regular starts in their preferred positions.

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